§ SIR C. DILKE (Gloucester, Forest of Dean)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether it would be possible to give a Return showing in how many cases to which the Compensation Act applies the workman has preferred to proceed under the Employers' Liability Act?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. JESSE COLLINGS,) Birmingham, Bordesley
The Secretary of State for the Home Department proposes to lay on the Table very soon a Return showing the number of cases decided during the year 1898 under both the Workmen's Compensation Act and the Employers' Liability Act. The Return will distinguish the employments in which the cases occurred, so as to show which come under the Compensation Act and which 783 do not, but it will not show for 1898 in what cases the workman preferred to proceed under the Employers' Liability Act, because most of the accidents will have occurred before the 1st day of July last, and the workman will have had no option. Future Returns, however, will give this information.